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Syria: Kurds retake control of oilfields from IS, despite Turkey's 'inhumane attitude'02:34

Syria: Kurds retake control of oilfields from IS, despite Turkey's 'inhumane attitude'

Syrian Arab Republic, Al-Hasakah Governorate
January 9, 2016 at 15:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Syrian Kurds retook control of several oilfields in the Syrian Al-Hasakah Governorate previously controlled by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), with footage released of the plots on Saturday.

The head of the Department of Energy in so-called Syrian Kurdistan Suleiman Halef described how the oil reserves were being used to heat local towns and essential infrastructure including bakeries, hospitals, and schools. He went on to hit out at the Turkish government for their alleged mistreatment of Kurdish groups on their borders while IS controlled the oil-fields, saying "They stopped anything from crossing the border… medicine, food, goods… people here burned plastic and clothes to keep warm."

Kurds in the area now face the difficulty of selling oil to other countries due to the location of the province and reported lack of cooperation from Turkish authorities.

Halef added that "The Turks have an inhumane attitude towards people who are already suffering from war. Everyone knows that it's ISIS that is humankind's enemy… The Turkish attitude towards us now will be remembered in the future."

Syria: Kurds retake control of oilfields from IS, despite Turkey's 'inhumane attitude'02:34
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Syrian Kurds retook control of several oilfields in the Syrian Al-Hasakah Governorate previously controlled by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), with footage released of the plots on Saturday.

The head of the Department of Energy in so-called Syrian Kurdistan Suleiman Halef described how the oil reserves were being used to heat local towns and essential infrastructure including bakeries, hospitals, and schools. He went on to hit out at the Turkish government for their alleged mistreatment of Kurdish groups on their borders while IS controlled the oil-fields, saying "They stopped anything from crossing the border… medicine, food, goods… people here burned plastic and clothes to keep warm."

Kurds in the area now face the difficulty of selling oil to other countries due to the location of the province and reported lack of cooperation from Turkish authorities.

Halef added that "The Turks have an inhumane attitude towards people who are already suffering from war. Everyone knows that it's ISIS that is humankind's enemy… The Turkish attitude towards us now will be remembered in the future."

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